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03-09-2012, 09:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Iain Fyffe
And besides that, whenever someone says Player X plays his best in the playoffs, I always ask "Why is it all right for him to not play his best ALL THE TIME? Doesn't being a playoff clutchy player mean he doesn't give his best the rest of the time? How is that a positive quality?"
The answer would be that they are human beings and it is unreasonable to expect a human being to perform at peak level 82 times in a given year.

Good point. If you're seen as the best goaltender in the world multiple times, you should be automatic. Team success or no team success.

For the years the Vezina was awarded on merit, the following goalies have won three or more:

George Hainsworth: 3
Tiny Thompson: 4
Bill Durnan: 3
Patrick Roy: 3
Dominik Hasek: 6
Martin Brodeur: 4

Clearly "a few Vezinas" is far above the minimum requirement for Hall-of-Fame status. Many Hall of Fame goalies have less than "a few" Vezinas.

I'm confused. As far as I know, the Vezina wasn't awarded on merit when Hainsworth, Thompson, and Durnan played. But that would just make your point stronger.

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